The Frontiers Collection

Trick or Truth?

The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics

Editors: Aguirre, Anthony, Foster, Brendan, Merali, Zeeya (Eds.)

  • A stimulating collection of arguments and ideas that will fascinate physicists, philosophers, mathematicians and lay readers alike
  • Includes essays specially rewarded for their entertainment and creative/out-of-the-box thinking
  • Published in cooperation with the renowned physics "think-tank" Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi
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About this book

The prize-winning essays in this book address the fascinating but sometimes uncomfortable relationship between physics and mathematics. Is mathematics merely another natural science? Or is it the result of human creativity? Does physics simply wear mathematics like a costume, or is math the lifeblood of physical reality?

The nineteen wide-ranging, highly imaginative and often entertaining essays are enhanced versions of the prize-winning entries to the FQXi essay competition “Trick or Truth”, which attracted over 200 submissions.

The Foundational Questions Institute, FQXi, catalyzes, supports, and disseminates research on questions at the foundations of physics and cosmology, particularly new frontiers and innovative ideas integral to a deep understanding of reality, but unlikely to be supported by conventional funding sources.

About the authors

Anthony AguirreBrendan FosterZeeya Merali

Reviews

“The entries were rigorously judged and this book is a collection of the best entries. … the content is accessible to the general, albeit knowledgeable, reader. These essays are very well written. The result is a great book in the philosophy of science, the relationship between the human brain and its ability to abstract to the way the universe runs as a consequence of the values of the fundamental constants of physics.” (Charles Ashbacher, MAA Reviews, maa.org, August, 2016)



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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Trick or Truth?
Book Subtitle
The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics
Editors
  • Anthony Aguirre
  • Brendan Foster
  • Zeeya Merali
Series Title
The Frontiers Collection
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-27495-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-27495-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-27494-2
Series ISSN
1612-3018
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 250
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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